§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish figures in the Official Report to show the number of offences resulting in prosecution in scotland involving the use of air rifles or pistols; and if he will give figures in each year for the past 10 years.
§ Mr. Rifkind
Information regarding the number of such prosecutions is not available, but in the years 1978, 1979 and 1980, respectively, air weapons were used and suspects identified in 171, 180 and 161 cases made known to the police of attempted murder, serious assault, robbery or malicious or reckless conduct causing injury or damage to property.
Information for other years and other crimes is available only at disproportionate cost.470W
Infant Mortality Rates, Health Board Areas, Scotland, 1980(Provisional) Health Board Area Infant Mortality Rate* Argyll and Clyde 12 Ayrshire and Arran 15 Borders 12 Dumfries and Galloway 18 Fife 12 Forth Valley 11 Grampian 9 Greater Glasgow 13 Highland 13 Lanarkshire 12 Lothian 13 Tayside 9 Orkney 4 Shetland 13 Western Isles 3 Scotland 12 * Deaths in the first year of life per 1,000 live births.
1. The table gives provisional figures for 1980.
2. The rates for some areas are based on relatively small numbers of deaths and are therefore less significant. This applies particularly to the rates for Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles.